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The Practice of Travel Medicine

Yellow Fever

ONE HEALTH: Current issues and implications of zoonotic diseases


Saturday 7 September 2019, 9am – 12.30pm

The Practice of Travel Medicine workshop for the travel health professional offers valuable interactive content and information for nurses and medical practitioners alike covering aspects of pre-travel consultation, advice on typical presenting problems and more including:

  • Skin care;
  • A rabies update including a case study;
  • Arthropod-borne diseases update;
  • Preparation of the diabetic traveller;
  • Water purification; and 
  • Open discussion forum that includes GAP travellers.

Photo supplied by Professor Marc Shaw

The Practice of Travel Medicine Workshop Saturday 7 September Timetable
9am – 12.30pm WORKSHOP:
Convenors: Tonia Buzzolini and Lisa Scotland
(Cockle Bay Room)
9am – 9.30am Safety and Security – HOT Tips for travellers
Caroline Nash
9.30am – 10am 15 minutes – Buggar, I’ve Been Bitten!’ RABIES – UP TO DATE!
15 minutes – Case Studies – Experiences Abroad – Open discussion on Rabies
Professor Marc Shaw
10am – 10.30am SKIN – the barrier to protect us? Blisters, wounds, bites, stings, sunburn, frost bite, ticks, thrush…
Lisa Scotland
10.30am – 11am MORNING TEA
(Pre-function Area)
11am – 11.20am Preparing the Diabetic Traveller
Tonia Buzzolini
11.20am – 11.40am Preparing the GAP Volunteer
Tonia Buzzolini
11.40am – 12noon How to prevent bringing more than your luggage back with you. Dengue, Zika, Chik, STI, Pertussis, Measles.
Lisa Scotland
12noon – 12.30pm Travel-Related Product: How to Purify Water – in all its phases!
Claire Wong

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Saturday 7 September 2019, 1.30pm – 5pm

The Yellow Fever Workshop is to provide health care professionals with the knowledge and understanding of Yellow Fever disease and vaccination in order to:

  1. Advise travellers about Yellow Fever disease risk and prevention at their travel destination.
  2. Safety administer Yellow Fever vaccine when appropriate to do so.
  3. Comply with the requirements of the WHO’s International Health Regulations 2005.

The content will include the history, epidemiology, transmission and clinical features of Yellow Fever. Yellow Fever vaccine will be detailed to cover indications, contraindications, and precautions for its safe use, as well as adverse effects and risks. WHO’s International Health Regulations 2005, particularly Annexes 6 and 7 will be detailed with respect to Yellow Fever. Participants will learn of correct documentation including ICVP (International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis) and medical waivers. Participants will be provided with the knowledge and resources to make accurate risk assessments for travellers.

This workshop will conclude with an MCQ assessment quiz. Successful participants with will be provided with a certificate of satisfactory completion of the Yellow Fever training course/workshop.

This course, whilst providing a very comprehensive guideline for practitioners wishing to give Yellow Fever vaccination, does not ensure accreditation by Australian health authorities.

Workshop Convenors:
Dr Eddy Bajrovic;
Dr Jenny Sissons; and
Nurse Claire Wong.

Yellow Fever Workshop Saturday 7 September Timetable
1.30pm – 5pm WORKSHOP:
Convenors: Dr Eddy Bajrovic, Dr Jennifer Sisson and Claire Wong
(Cockle Bay Room)
1.30pm – 1.45pm Why all the fuss and why am I here?
A Short history of yellow fever and the development of approval processes
Dr Eddy Bajrovic
1.45pm – 2.15pm What is yellow fever?
Epidemiology transmission and clinical features
Dr Eddy Bajrovic
2.15pm – 2.45pm The legalities:
Revised International Health Regulations and how they apply to Yellow Fever
Dr Jennifer Sisson
2.45pm – 3.15pm I wouldn’t give it to my mother…:
Yellow fever vaccine – indications, contraindications and adverse events
Claire Wong
3.15pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
(Pre-function Area)
3.45pm – 4.15pm Putting the pieces together:
Case studies, comments and questions
Dr Eddy Bajrovic and Dr Jennifer Sisson
4.15pm – 4.45pm Yellow fever test
Short MCQ paper
Dr Eddy Bajrovic. Dr Jennifer Sisson
4.45pm – 5pm What happens now?
Yellow fever approval process New Zealand and Australia, closing remarks
Dr Eddy Bajrovic and Dr Jennifer Sisson

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WORKSHOP – ONE HEALTH: Current issues and implications of zoonotic diseases

Saturday 7 September 2019, 1.30pm – 5pm

One Health recognises the connection between animals and people, animals health and people’s health, and includes multiple sectors working together to achieve better health outcomes. One Health include zoonotic diseases, food safety and antibiotic resistance all issues for the traveller.

Learning outcomes from this workshop are:

  • Gain an understanding of One Health
  • Explore how zoonotic diseases impact travellers
  • Describe current issues in specific zoonotic disease
  • Be able to evaluate the prevention strategies for specific zoonotic disease


  • Epidemiology of leptospirosis, especially in Australia and the region. Including high risk groups, high risk locations, outbreaks.
  • Clinical features of leptospirosis, including symptoms, signs, complications
  • Laboratory diagnosis
  • Management: medical treatment, chemoprophylaxis, and preventive strategies for individuals as well as public health interventions.

Melioidosis, an environmental pathogen

  • Melioidosis caused by the Gram negative, Burkholderia pseudomallei. Diagnosis is best made with culture.
  • It is likely to be underdiagnosed.
  • About 70% of clinical cases present during the wet season with a septicaemic pneumonia.
  • Treatment is with an intensive phase of either meropenem or ceftazidime followed by a maintenance period of 3-6 months with oralcotrimoxazole or doxycycline.

Rabies spread in our neighbourhood and preparedness in northern Australia

  • Current rabies situation in southeast Asia
  • Understand rabies control programs
  • Be familiar with dog management in remote and indigenous communities in northern Australian

Diagnosing rickettsial infections in Australians and returned travellers

  • What are the rickettsial infections endemic to Australia and those seen in returning travellers
  • How to diagnose rickettsial infections (clinical and lab)
  • How to treat rickettsial infections


  • Current issues in Q-Fever
  • Challenges, treatments and prevention
One Health Workshop Saturday 7 September Timetable
Convenors: Professor Bruce Gummow and A/Professor Richard Franklin
(Rose Bay Room)
1.30pm – 1.45pm Meliodosis, an environmental pathogen
Professor Robert Norton
1.45pm – 2.45pm Leptospirosis
A/Professor Colleen Lau
2.45pm – 3.15pm Diagnosing rickettsial infections in Australians and returned travellers
Professor Stephen Graves
3.15pm – 3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
(Pre-function Area)
3.45pm – 4.15pm Rabies spread in our neighbourhood and prepareness in northern Australia
Professor Michael Ward
4.15pm – 4.30pm Q-Fever
A/Professor Peter Massey
4.30pm – 4.45pm Q-Fever cont.
A/Professor Nicholas Wood
4.45pm – 5pm Panel session on the future of OneHealth and its impact

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